Shipping Office was established at Karachi Port on 21 May
1948. This was originally a subordinate office of the Ministry
of Commerce, and was later placed under the administrative
control of the Ports and Shipping Wing, Karachi (Ministry
of Communications). It now functions under the Ministry
of Ports and Shipping.
Shipping Office is now being maintained in accordance with
the Chapter 3 of the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 2001 which
is being reproduced hereunder.
3.- SHIPPING OFFICES
Shipping Offices. –(1) The Federal
Government shall maintain a shipping office at every port
in Pakistan where there was a shipping office immediately
before the commencement of this Ordinance and may establish
and maintain such office at any other port as it may deem
For every shipping office. the Federal Government shall
appoint a Shipping Master and may appoint such Deputy Shipping
Masters as it may consider necessary possessing such qualifications
as may be prescribed.
A Shipping Master and a Deputy Shipping Master shall, in
the performance of their functions, be subject to the general
supervision and control of the Federal Government or of
such other authority as the Federal Government may, by general
or special order, direct.
All acts done by or before a Deputy Shipping Master shall
have the same effect , as if done by or before a Shipping
Conduct of business of shipping office at other office.-
(1) The Federal Government may direct that where at any
port there is no shipping office established, the whole
or any part of the business of a Shipping Office shall be
conducted at such office and be committed to such officer
at that office as the Federal Government may specify: and
thereupon such business shall be conducted accordingly.
For the purposes of this Ordinance, an office at which the
business of a shipping office is conducted under sub section
(1) shall be deemed to be a shipping office and the officer
to whom such business is committed under that sub-section
shall be deemed to be a Shipping Master.
Duties of the Shipping Master: The duties of a
Shipping Master shall, in general in respect of Pakistani
to superintend and afford facilities for engagement and
discharge of seamen in the manner provided in this Ordinance
and the rules made thereunder
to perform such other functions relating to seamen. apprentice,
and ships as are, by or under this Ordinance or by general
or special order of the Federal Government, assigned to
a Shipping Master.
9. Fees for engagement or discharge of seamen,--(1)
In respect of all engagements and discharges of seamen,
the owner of a ship or master so engaging or discharging
shall pay to the Shipping Master such fee as the Federal
Government may, by notification in the official Gazette,
fix; and the Shipping Master may decline to act in any case
until such fee has been paid.
(2) A copy of the scale of fees for the time being payable
under sub-section (1) , shall be affixed at some conspicuous
place in the Shipping Office.
Seamen's Welfare Officers.-- (1) The Federal Government
may appoint Seamen's Welfare Officers at such ports or places
in Pakistan as it may consider necessary.
A Seamen's Welfare Officer appointed under sub-section (1)
shall, under the general supervision and control of the
Federal Government or of such other authority as he Federal
Government may, by general or special order, direct, perform
at any port or place in Pakistan, such functions in relation
to welfare of seamen as may be assigned to him by the Federal
of fresh, duplicate, higher SSB, ID card
Maintenance of its records of SSB/CDC
Arrangement of medical examination of seamen through PHO
Issuance of cookery certificate.
Maintenance of lists of seafarers
Arrange meeting of SEB & DC .and PC.
& discharge of seafarers Issue of port clearance (incoming
& out going ships) for ships with Pakistani crew. Redress
of grievance of seafarers, regarding dispute of balance
of wages dues etc.
the over all work of Government shipping Office. Designing
and development of Government Shipping Office website and
maintaining the record of seamen and Manning Agencies in
Correspondence Maintenance of personal files/services books
& all other matters related to staff
Printing of salable forms and delivery to companies against
payment.Perusal of court cases.
of accounts including revenue receipts and expenditure.Reconciliation
of accounts Preparation of budget Audit of accounts Disbursement
of Deferred Credit & Gratuity to retired seamen. Facilitation
for death compensation disbursment to legal heirs of deceased